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Corbett On Reelection: It’s The Pensions

Traditionally, Labor Day is the unofficial kickoff to the fall campaign season, but the two candidates for governor of Pennsylvania aren’t waiting that long.

Both Tom Wolf and Governor Tom Corbett have been active this summer meeting voters and running plenty of TV ads.

Corbett’s campaign brought him to Lackawanna County where he sat down with Newswatch 16.

Twelve weeks until Election Day and Governor Tom Corbett is touring the state, touting the issue he hopes will get him reelected.

“Pensions is a tremendous crisis to all the school districts and to the state across the board,” Governor Corbett said.

The governor has been trying to tackle pension reform for more than half of his first term, and even though both houses of the legislature are controlled by his fellow Republicans, he’s been unable to get anything passed.

So he reminds Pennsylvanians that he ran four years ago on a platform that he wouldn’t raise taxes and says that’s a promise he’s kept.

“We said that we were going to take on the tough jobs. Fixing a budget that is $4.2 billion in the hole without raising taxes is a tough job.”

The governor knows the knock against him is that he cut education funding, but Corbett calls that the great lie. Education funding, he says, decreased once federal stimulus money ran out.

Still, nearly every poll shows him trailing Democratic opponent Tom Wolf by double digits.

Undaunted, the governor pushes on, touring the state talking pensions, hoping that’s the issue that gets voters to take a second look.

“We see many of the undecideds going our way. We’re also seeing many supporters of Tom Wolf moving to the undecided category because they really don’t know who he is.”

Keep in mind, no incumbent Pennsylvania governor has ever lost a bid for reelection since they were first allowed to run for a second term 40 years ago.

To avoid becoming the first one to lose, Tom Corbett has a lot of ground to make up between now and November 4.

11 comments

  • JP

    “The governor has been trying to tackle pension reform for more than half of his first term, and even though both houses of the legislature are controlled by his fellow Republicans, he’s been unable to get anything passed.” There is a way to fix the pensions and many other things in our State, but Corbett is too far in a particular industries pocket to even work with his own political party. I am not saying a natural gas tax is the only answer or solution, but should be considered as a part of the solution as a whole. Not that I think Wolfe is the best candidate, unfortunately he is the only other choice. There should be a third spot on the ballot for “neither,” and allow for an interim governor until someone acceptable is elected.

  • MC

    I agree we need to cut pension costs, but the unions are too strong, and the judges always side with the unions.

    But what has he done for NEPA? We’ve had the highest unemployment int he state for years now dispite having the Matrcellus shale.

    • JP

      The politicians always force the issue of pensions to state workers, and the general population falls for it. Before attacking your neighbors that work hard on everyone’s behalf, how about looking into the politicians pensions and why do we have the 2nd largest legislature in the country? i.e. crooked politicians Granted there are likely good ones out there that try to do good for our state, but likely are in the minority and get steamrolled more often than not. Just my two cents, currently worth a 1/2 cent.

  • tom

    How about cutting pays and pensions for the governer and PA state lawmakers. it would save alot of money.Cut-cut-cut.But never cut any of those politicians money.Republicans and Democrats are a bunch of wealthy aristocrats.

  • crackers81

    See what happens when you try to block Pennsylvanians from receiving their civil liberties? Gay marriage alone is a good enough reason to oust this anti American dictator. Good buy Governor Oil Drum. Hope there’s frakking where ever you end up.

  • truthbesaid

    It’s not the pensions! I wish he would stop fooling the public already! It’s the welfare payments that keep growing exponentially; grants to million dollar profit companies and the over-inflated contracts for services to the state!

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